During the height of astrophotography season, it seems I disappeared. Lame, right? Well, yes and no. I did miss out on the narrow window that the Pacific NW provides for astrophotography, but I’ve been CRAZY busy. Read that as “mostly crazy” and a lot of “busy.”
I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL! Sort of. Okay, not “sort of” because it is most definitely a school, but it certainly isn’t a typical school. I’m attending a coding bootcamp where in just eight short weeks I will have hopefully gained enough programming chops to land a job as an iOS developer. It was finally time to part ways with the company I’d been employed with for 10 years and I made the pretty bold move of radically changing careers to pursue programming.
As of right now I am smack-dab in the thick of it. I’m in my fifth week and oh-holy-shit-mother-of-all-that’s-holy it has been a challenge. And I LOVE it. I honestly don’t think I’ve been challenged in the true sense of the word since who-knows-when and it feels awesome to be stretched like this. I came in with very (very) little programming knowledge and zero object-oriented programming knowledge so I’ve continually been trying to catch up with the rest of the class which it seems that most of them came in with some type of programming background. I think I’m holding my own though and every single spare minute I have is devoted entirely to iOS and the programming language known as Objective-C. Again, it’s awesome, but a challenge, for sure.
Why am I telling you all of this? Mostly because I may be utilizing this blog for more than just the photos I take. I’m going to be throwing in some programming mumbo-jumbo occasionally because I think it will be good for me to explain things as I’m learning them. I recently teamed up with another student to write this blog post and it really helped me to grasp some things I was fuzzy on. So, I know there are only a few blog-followers I’m speaking to right now, but if you read this, I hope you still stick around for the switch. Astronomy, astrophotography and now coding are all passions for me and I hope to make some interesting posts that encompass all of these things. Also, I submitted my first app to the Apple App Store a few days ago. The app I wrote takes your location and feeds back a list of times of when the International Space Station will pass over your location and tell you how “bright” it will appear for that pass. Cool (nerdy) right?? It is, and when it’s finally available I expect all 20-something of you to download it. It’s free, so no excuses. GOT IT?! Cool. Until next time, kids.